Cooking For One (Chicken)

One of the hardest things to adjust to when living alone is cooking.  There is a few cook books that have been published for cooking for two but you end up only finding a few recipes that you like.  I have many retired single friends who have come up with some simple recipes for cooking chicken cutlets or other cuts of chicken for just one person.  You end up with usually a package of chicken breasts and thighs that will serve 4 each, which you will divide up into freezer bags for the month. Here is some wonderful ways to fix them.

Italian Chicken Cutlets

1 boneless chicken breast

Italian dressing

Bread crumbs

Potatoes, carrots or what vegetable you want to fix for yourself

Foil or parchment paper

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  You are going to be baking the chicken wrapped either in foil or parchment paper on a baking pan. Pour a little Italian dressing into a saucer and dip chicken breast into it coating both sides.  In a baggie or on a saucer place about a 1/2 cup of bread crumbs to coat chicken on both sides.  Then place the chicken on the foil. If you choose you can add some seasoned vegetables around the chicken.  Wrap and seal in the foil or parchment.  You will then bake the chicken 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Check after 20 minutes and leave the foil open to brown the chicken and potatoes if you wish. 

Chicken Paprikas

1 serving of chicken (thighs, breast, legs)

1 teaspoon of margarine

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 slice of onion chopped

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup of sour cream

2 teaspoons of flour

In a small skillet or saucepan with tight lid, put margarine and onion on medium hear and brown lightly.  Add paprika, then add chicken with water and stew slowly until well done. Take sour cream, mix in flour.  Stir into chicken when done.  Do not boil.  Stir lightly and simmer slowly until sour cream mixture thickens slightly. Serve with noodles, rice, or mash potatoes. 

Chicken with Honey and Lemon Sauce

1 serving of chicken

2 tablespoons of honey

2 tablespoons of lemon juice ( 1 will make it less tangy if you prefer)

salt, pepper and parsley to taste

Julienne carrots

Foil or parchment paper

Cooked rice

Preheat oven 350 degrees. A sheet of foil or parchment paper and baking pan.

Combine honey and lemon.  You may want to taste to see if you want 1 or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.  Place chicken on foil or parchment paper and pour honey/lemon over it.  Add carrots and season to taste with salt, pepper and parsley. Wrap and seal in foil or parchment.  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.  Serve over cooked rice.

Quick Chicken Cordon Bleu

1 boneless chicken breast

1 slice of Swiss cheese

1 slice of deli baked ham

Bread crumbs

Melted butter or margarine

Foil or parchment paper

Salt, pepper and parsley to taste

Preheat oven 350 degrees.  One sheet of foil or parchment paper and baking pan.

Cut a pocket into the chicken breast.  Fold the ham and cheese together and tuck into the pocket.  Roll the chicken into the melted butter and then the bread crumbs.  Place on foil or parchment paper.  Add the left over butter to bottom of foil or paper.  Salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle a little parsley over the chicken. Wrap and seal. Bake for 40 minutes and check after 30 minutes leave open so the chicken will brown.


Chicken Cacciatore

2 servings of chicken

1 Tablespoons oil

1 can Italian style stewed tomatoes

1 small can of mushrooms

1/2 green pepper cut in pieces

1/8 teaspoon of basil

Hot cooked pasta

Brown chicken in oil for 10 minutes, turning occasionally.  Drain oil and add tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers and basil.  Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer 25 minutes. Serve over hot pasta.

I thought these were great dishes for one person that my friends passed on to me to share with you.  It is not often that you see Chicken Paparikas or Cacciatore for one in a recipe.  I was told that the chicken cacciatore sauce was too much for one piece because of the can tomatoes.  So she always put a second piece of chicken in to eat the next day. Please enjoy!

Crossed Post on Trkingmomoe’s Blog


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